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good idea if you like to use real
boilies and are not sold on the imitation baits it to get two small
swimfeeders, cut the ends off,
insert some of your boilie paste,
and then put the ends on the swim
feeder, boil for a set time and there
you have a crayproof hookbait.
4) Plastic balls. Another option is to
use plastic balls, just like the football Subbuteo balls we all had as
kids. Either buy the ones that they
use in the plumping/washing
machine industry that have
predrilled holes or drill them yourselves. Again push paste into the
holes, fill up and then boil.
All the above work very well to
combat your hookbait being eaten by
crays. Something else you can do is to
introduce a lot of bait – 5 to 10kg of
mixed particles and boilies, if you can
afford it, is an option I use due to the
crays eating anything you stick out
there to attract fish into your swim.
This way there will always be a food
signal in the water column to attract
fish into your swim. This has a
twofold effect in that the crays will
breakdown your lose feed and push
all that attraction into the swim and
surrounding area. I also tend to use
stiff hooklink material like a stiff-ish
coated braid or nylon hooklink. Crays
tend to move the hookbait around, so
you don’t want to be using a braid,
otherwise they can soon tangle it up
and ruin your presentation.
Something else worth considering
is that they just love putty, so putting
some putty on for a pop-up or to pin
the hooklink down will ultimately
lead to your presentation being
destroyed within minutes. Believe
me, I have learned the hard way, but
by using all, or a combination, of what
I have advised above, you should be
able to combat the cray problem and
make it a bit easier to live with. I hope
this helps, and I would be interest to
hear of any of the other contributors
and how they have managed to get
round the problem.
Question 5
I haven’t any real experiences with
peat lakes, but I did fish a certain lake
this year where the owners were concerned about oxygen levels and the
detrimental effect an algae bloom
was having on those levels. They
were so concerned that they would
walk around on a regular basis using
an oxygen meter to take readings.
This interested me quite a bit, as I am
always eager for information and
knowledge on a lake’s ecosystem. It
was one particularly windy day that I
approached the bailiff and asked
what the oxygen readings had been
on his usual trip round, and if they had
been much different from the back of
the wind to the windward bank. It
was evident that on the windward
bank that the oxygen levels were one
or two points higher, thus there was
more oxygen where the wind was
blowing. This is what we as anglers
have always believed, and why fish
can sometimes get on a new wind so
quickly, but it was good to have a
technology based answer and confirmation of our thoughts on the subject.
So if it helps, I would say that on
the peat type lakes that you mention
you are fishing, I would say if it does
blow up, rather than ignore what the
locals have said, I would get on the
windward bank as there will
undoubtedly be more oxygen there if
this type of lake suffers from lack of
oxygen because of the peat. It would
also be good to know if the lake
colours up significantly; I wonder if it
Playing one on the end of a fresh new wind.
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Air pressure, water temp and
oxygen levels will affect every lake.
turns a dark brown colour when the
wind blows up and all that sediment
gets let lost in the water column. This
may have an effect on the fish, and
even though there will be more oxygen, it may be that the fish find it hard
to acclimatise themselves to the sediment that has been blown to that
part of the lake, in which case I would
fish on the back of the wind in this
instance. I think it’s all about experimenting when the conditions are
right and working out the best conditions that the fish will be feeding in
and tailor your visits to this. I know
from fishing lakes that have clay spots
that they can be very productive. I
have had some very good captures
form clay spots even though I have
been told they hold very little if any
natural food, but they work for me
that’s for sure, so there must be something that they like about the spots.
Maybe it’s the minerals that they
need in their diet that the clay holds
for them.
Clay spots have always worked well for me.

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